Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a highly watchable film. It is an efficient Political Thriller with a superb script, cast, staging, and direction. My guess is that like most of the recent Spielberg films, The Post will not win the Academy Award for Best Picture, but over time I will watch it the most of any of the nominees. Bridge of Spies (2015) is a great example. Spielberg’s films since 2000 are nothing if not rich and complete in their presentation and they stand the test of time.
The subject and themes in The Post are as relevant today as when they occurred. The Post presents issues before the people and the nation not in a sanctimonious partisan hack way, but as a legitimate challenge to who we are and what we represent.
A deep and talented cast, beginning with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks The Post delivers with few if any weak links.
I strongly suggest you watch The Post, then All The Presidents Men, followed by Mark Felt (and or read The Pentagon Papers, All The Presidents Men and The FBI Pyramid).
Jeff’s Worthless Trivia and Notes
As many of you know I was an executive of a large Media Syndicate (Universal Press) and owned another (Asterisk). While it should not be construed as I was of importance, I was acquainted in some fashion with many of the people involved in the story (so were the janitorial staff).
Meg Greenfield was a terrific Editorial Page Editor, writer, and a Pulitzer Prize Winner. I was fortunate to be in her presence on a number of occasions.
I was lucky enough to meet Kathryn Graham and Ben Bradlee while with Universal Press and Asterisk.
I met Ben Bagdikian while he as at U.C. Berkley in the 1980’s.